“Dad Makes Sarcastic Graveyard for Trends That ‘Died’ in 2017” originally appeared on ABC News, and was reprinted with permission.
One man in Mamaroneck, New York, is bringing humor to his Halloween display.
Michael Fry, an art teacher and parent to two daughters, made a graveyard on his front lawn of 2017’s dying trends.
His sarcastic gravestones include everything from fashion to pop culture to politics, saying “so long” to “old” Taylor Swift, dabbing, ombre hair and #roseallday, among others.
“I was thinking of doing gravestones and turning my front yard into a cemetery but I didn’t know what I wanted to put on them,” Fry, 39, told ABC News of his funny tradition that began three years ago. “I wanted to put something on them that wasn’t necessarily of people, and I didn’t want it to be too left or too right or offensive in any way.”
He said he wanted to do something “humorous and modern with the times,” which his students were certainly happy to help him compile.
“Things from that year that have either died, or are dying or are no longer fashionable or no longer hip,” said Fry. “Being a teacher, I get input from my students and friends and family members, and it’s become a collaborative effort.”
The gravestone for homemade slime is “wishful thinking,” though, because “teachers can’t stand it,” Fry said.
Others include paying homage to watching television live and having normal seasons, presumably a dig at global warming.
He even has a two-story skull he adds to the front yard on the day of Halloween for trick-or-treaters to walk through to the front door.
His eldest daughter, Eily, helped him paint it last year.
“It’s become a family affair,” he said.
Fry lives on the same street as an elementary school and said he often has children stop in his front yard to dab at him because they say “dabbing isn’t dead yet,” he said with a laugh.
“I just hope everybody thinks it’s fun,” said the proud artist. “I put humor in all of my work. I try to take some of the edge off Halloween. It’s always scary and creepy and crazy, but I try to make it fun and funny for the young kids in the neighborhood.”